5 Forgotten Special Editions of Popular Cars
Special Editions that you might never heard of or forgot about
Special editions are something that automakers love to do and some of them are mostly cosmetic, but some are aimed square for the enthusiasts that love one thing: performance. This list covers all of the cool special editions of popular cars. The only rule to the list is that all the vehicles must be well known and all the special editions must have less than 1000 quantity made.
Mitsubishi Galant AMG
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You didn't misread that and I was even surprised to hear such special edition in the first place. The Galant AMG is only sold in Japan and the stats aren't too bad. Only 500 of this very cool crossover of two very unlikely companies and AMG tuned the naturally aspirated 4G63 to redline at 8,000 rpm and produces 173 horsepower, which isn't so bad at the time and the Galant AMG only comes in front wheel drive and it comes with a 5-speed manual. Nowadays, Mitsubishi has a reputation of boring crossover SUVs and the days of fun was behind them, including this very rare version of the Galant, but I am very glad it existed while it could. Maybe we might see a AMG version of the Lancer EVO, but that is highly unlikely, since Mercedes has full control of AMG, so no more weird crossovers.
Honda S2000 CR
Photo source: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a15143627/2008-honda-s2000-cr-short-take-road-test/
Ah, the Honda S2000, the perfect car to throw around the canyons and be fun to drive like the Mazda Miata, but this one wasn't just meant for canyon carving, but also the track. This special edition is only reserved for the American market, yes it is weird. I know. The CR has a wing from the factory and added a lip to the front bumper, which makes it the coolest version of the S2000. The radio and A/C are optional for this car to reduce the lower center gravity of the car and they reduce the overall coefficient by 70%-80%. The shift knob has also changed to one made from aluminium to increase shift load by 10%. The suspension was stiffer and the S200 CR comes with Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires and speaking of tire, to be more exact, wheel, the S2000 CR removes the spare wheel entirely reducing 41 kg of weight from the car. Only 699 S200s CR were made, in case if you want to buy this S2000 and now I may have ruined your dream.
Mini ERA Turbo
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This is the only original MINI to come out of factory with a turbocharger. Nowdays, if you want a turbocharged MINI, you buy the John Cooper Works model, but back then you bought the ERA Turbo if you want enjoy the benefits of turbocharger in a small economical car. I just hope that you are still living and you are one of the 436 people who bought this souped up MINI, as that was how many MINI ERA Turbos were produced. MINI wanted Engineering Research & Application (ERA) to build them a MINI that can be deemed as a "spiritual successor" to the MINI Cooper. ERA grabbed the turbocharger from Austin Rover A-Series 1300 MG Metro engine and the body kit is designed by Dennis Adams. This MINI produces 94 horsepower at 6200 rpm and has a top speed of 115 mph. The car has adjustable coilovers on each corner of the wheel and the ride height is lowered. If you are wondering, where this car might is, weirdly enough the majority of MINI ERA Turbo's have been exported to Japan, so good luck finding this in Europe or better yet, the States.
Nissan Skyline GT-R Z-TUNE
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This one might be familiar to a lot of you. The Nissan Skyline GT-R Z-TUNE were built to celebrate 20 years of Nismo hardship, so only 20 of this very limited edition of the legendary Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR34) were made, however they only built 19 Z-Tunes and 2 prototypes. Nismo took the engine from their Le Mans GT2 and Super GT GT500 race car that were all built by hand. The 2.8L RB26DETT 'Z1' engine pushes out 500 horsepower and can 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and can do 207 miles per hour. The engine was really special, but the paint was also special. All Z-Tunes came out of the factory with a color called 'Z-TUNE Silver", except for one. A customer asked Nissan if they can create a color that is inspired by the Midnight Purple used in the R33 Skyline GT-R and the R34 Skyline GT-R, so Nissan obliged and created the "Midnight Purple III."
Dodge Viper Track Edition
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The Dodge Viper has been appreciating in value recently, and if you want the ACR Viper, it will cost you more than $100K second hand and I found one for nearly a quarter of a million, which makes sense because there were less Viper ACR's than Viper Time Attack, so why didn't I talk about the ACR instead of time attack? Well it is primarily because the "ACR" badge has been synonymous with the Viper ever since its introduction in the second generation Viper, so I figured this variant might be one that not a lot of people might have heard about. This special edition Viper features mostly changes to the weight instead of power, in fact the Viper Time Attack "only" produces 645 horsepower, which is the exact amount you can have on the base trim "GTS". However, this Viper may not have a lot of power, but the weight shedding and aerodynamics is quite splendid. The car has the "Advanced Aerodynamics Package" that features two front corner splitters and a rear decklid all made out of carbon fibre. The car has upgraded brakes , listein DampTronic Shocks borrowed from the "GTS" trim that can switch to Street and Race and Carbon Fibre underhood X-Brace instead of aluminium in the GTS. The car can also be purchased exclusively in a very exclusive orange color that can only be applied if you bought the Time Attack variant at the time. There were two variants of the Viper. One which was called 1.0, where the top speed dropped to 193 mph and can do 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. The second Time Attack, which is logically called 2.0, has a higher top speed than the 1.0 at 206 mph and can do 13 mpg in the city and 20 mpg in the highway. Only 159 Viper Time Attacks were made and the Internet can't confirm how many of the 159 Vipers were the 1.0 or the 2.0.
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